If you’re like me, your terrible memory gets tested to its limits when you need to remember something like this:
|Goal average power
This, according to my Google search, is a ‘typical cyclist’s training workout’. Mine look different, but are no less complex. When I’m on the trainer in front of the computer I usually have Rob’s training program on the edge of my desk so I can see what it is I’m supposed to be doing next. It’s workable (although not very since my eyesight is getting bad, fast), but I think I might have found a solution!
Garmin Connect’s ‘workouts’.
You can create workout on the site, using HR/Power/Cadence/Speed, etc. as a target, then easily transfer the workout to your device. I’ve only made up one workout, but it worked like a charm. Once it’s in the device you find it, click on ‘Ride’ and start pedaling. You are told what you are supposed to do (e.g. ‘warm up, no target’), with a countdown (5 min for me), then the next part you have waiting for you below (e.g. ‘hold 90 RPM for 50 min’). The countdown begins and if you go outside your ‘zone’ it lets you know about with a threatening double beep. Very handy.
All your workouts can go on the calendar on Garmin Connect, too (in yellow) and your actual training sessions get thrown in under them when you’ve uploaded them (like Thursday below).
I can see all sorts of facility in this new discovery:
- I can have my whole training schedule on my device and take it with me anywhere.
- I no longer have to think while training.
- The fearsome double beeps will keep me honest.
I am sure this little revelation will be old hat for most of you. If you’d like to tell me what other little tricks I’m missing, I’m all ears.